The Commissioning Review(TCR) winter issue is now available in print and online and is packed with case studies to give commissioners an insight into best practice across the country.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, speaks to TCR’s reporter Lucy Trevallion about health disparities and how tackling wider inequalities will help close the gap.

How useful is the Care Quality Commission’s state of care report: The state of health care and adult social care in England 2014/2015? Freelance health reporter, Lawrie Jones examines the ins and outs of it and looks at what CCGs have gained.

This issue has 14 Insight pieces giving a view into how programmes and schemes are being implemented across the country.

Joy Youart, managing director (accountable officer) Kernow CCG, outlines how devolution in Cornwall will take shape.

West Chesire’s vanguard status has enabled it and its partners to support patient from birth to end of life care now that it has vanguard status. Laura Marsh, vanguard lead for Cheshire West CCG explains.

Patients taking ownership of their health is a topic that’s at the forefront of the NHS. Cleo Butterworth, medicines optimisation lead at Lewisham CCG, explains how it has a created a model to help patients and healthcare professionals manage patients’ medicines.

The shift of services from secondary care to primary care is still being driven forward. Anita Sharma, GP from Oldham CCG, explains how she brought a peripheral arterial disease (PAD) clinic into her practice and what the outcomes were.

Meanwhile Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU has started providing services outside of its geographical areas. Dr Simon Freeman, chief operating officer, explains how it is working across the country and even taking on a partnership within Greater Manchester’s devolution framework.

Clinical commissioning groups are facing the grading system. What does it mean for them and does the Department of Health and NHS England need to look at it in more detail before the system follows through? Hugh Alderwick, senior policy assistant to the chief executive officer at The King’s Fund ask some fundamental questions to help CCGs.